November 2009 Archives

The 98th letter describes the experience of a dedicated Oregon teacher working in a high needs school, which now faces the withdrawal of federal funds due to NCLB.

It is 2030 and education in the United States of America has finally succeeded. The performance gap between white, Asian, African American, and Latino students has finally been eliminated. But society is in crisis as a result!

According to this editorial, Obama should "hang tough" on standards and competitiveness in the Race to the Top. But these millionaires seem to have some strange ideas about how schools improve.

Our students arrive at school with vastly different levels of preparation for the rigors of kindergarten. These children, in their first few months, will have to pass tests showing they know their alphabet and number system, and soon will be on their way to real academic work, choosing among a number of options on a test. For example, the New York Times reports that four year olds need to pass multiple choice tests to gain entrance to the city's public GATE kindergarten program. A typical question showed the children a picture of a slice of cake and a whole cake, ...

Bloggers add their voices to the chorus of teachers asking for real change from President Obama. Will you add yours?

Teachers share their firsthand view of how education policy affects their classrooms. Read, and share your own perspective.

Teachers have responded to my Open Letter to Obama by posting their own heartfelt views. Read, then add your voice to the dialogue.

Teachers are ready for change, but we are not getting it under Secretary Duncan. Is it time to speak up and tell President Obama how we feel?


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